Quilt walk kicks it up for final weekend

GENOA – Downtown Genoa’s ongoing Quilt & Fiber Arts Walk, which began Jan. 19 and runs through Sunday, will kick it up a notch on Saturday with special events for kids and adults.

Kids Day begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday as the Genoa Public Library welcomes author Linda Brodine. Brodine will entertain children of all ages with tales from her book “Quilt Stories.” After the stories, visitors may remain in the library to watch experts make stuffed animals, baskets and other items.

For those ready to move on, free quilting lessons will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Joe’s Pizza and Pub. A pizza lunch will be served for $5. The afternoon offers additional demonstrations, projects and displays for children to enjoy.

Adults also will find plenty of things to interest them. Featured artist Nancy Baker will speak at 2 p.m. at Slater-Butala Funeral Home on her evolution as an artist and her unique quilting techniques. Admission is $5. At 3:30 p.m., adults are invited to “eat and sew” at Genoa Cafe, where Basketcases Unlimited will offer free instruction and materials to complete four make-and-take projects. There will be homemade soups, fresh-baked bread and dessert. Eat & Sew will run until 5:30 p.m. and costs $20 per person for all materials, instruction and the meal. Reservations are suggested and can be made by contacting Genoa Main Street Inc. at 815-784-6961 or genoamainstreet@ Walk-ins are welcome if space permits.

The Quilt & Fiber Arts Walk is an annual celebration that includes displays of fiber arts in businesses along Main Street. A full schedule can be found at Visitors also can pick up information at the Genoa Public Library.

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